PCI express video interface for Avid Media Composer
• Certified by Avid — directly compatible with Avid Media
Composer, Symphony Nitris, and NewsCutter.
• HD/SD PCI Express video interface for Mac and
Windows — provides HD and SD capture and playback
for any Avid-qualified PCI- or ExpressCard-equipped
• Tower or laptop operation — connects to an Avidqualified Mac or PC tower via PCI Express for ultra-fast
workstation use or laptop via ExpressCard connectivity
for mobile operation.
• Comprehensive video capture & monitoring — supports
all standard SD and HD video formats up to and
including 1080p30 (720p, 1080i, 1080p & 1080PsF).
• Cross-platform software support — supports Media
Composer, Symphony and NewsCutter on Avid-qualified
Mac and Windows systems.
• Captures and plays uncompressed HD and SD — 10-bit
4:2:2 color depth and 1920x1080 resolution.
• Support for all Avid-supported codecs — capture
full-raster 1080 or 720 XDCAM, DNxHD, DVCPro HD,
ProRes, or other Avid-supported codecs. Monitor any
formats supported by Avid Media Access (AMA).
• Support for file-based workflows — lets you capture,
edit and monitor in any codec supported natively in
Media Composer or AMA, with no transcoding needed.
• Broadcast quality — 10-bit 4:2:2 signal path throughout.
• ASC CDL color grading — provides flexible, industrystandard color adjustment with separate settings for
capture and playback.
• HDMI capture & monitoring — provides HDMI in/out.
RGB HDMI output supports HP DreamColor displays.
• RS-422 device control — supports Media Composer’s
Digital Cut and Batch Capture operations.
• Comprehensive audio — capture or monitor up to 16
channels of audio via any two 8-channel banks of TRS
analog, AES/EBU digital or embedded (SDI or HDMI) at
sample rates up to 96kHz.
• Single rack space form factor — professional rack-mount
operation, or remove the rack-mount brackets for
convenient desktop use.
• International operation — auto-switching internal power
supply with powersave mode.
Video I/O
Sync and device control
• 1 x HD/SD-SDI in and out (4:2:2 10-bit) on BNC connectors
• 1 x extra HD/SD-SDI output BNC connector
• Video reference in / thru — resolve to blackburst, composite or HD Tri-level
• 1 x HDMI in and out (4:2:2 10-bit, YCbCr or RGB, RGB output supports HP
DreamColor displays)
• RS-422 machine control — control the transports of a connected camera or
video deck from Media Composer via standard RS-422 protocol.
• Support for DVI output with HDMI-to-DVI adapter (sold separately)
• Direct Digital Synthesis — DSP-driven phase lock engine provides ultra-low
• 1 x HD/SD component in and out (10-bit, YPbPr or RGB) on BNCs
• 1 x composite in (10-bit) on RCA
Color grading
• 1 x S-Video in (10-bit) on 4-pin mini-DIN
• Apply industry standard color adjustments to your video signal during either
capture or monitoring.
• 1 x composite in and out (10-bit CVBS) on shared BNC
• 1 x S-Video in and out (10-bit Y/C) on shared BNC
• The HDX-SDI video console software provides separate color grading controls
for capture and monitoring.
• In each case, ten parameters are provided and together determine the color
transfer function, as defined by the American Society of Cinematographers
Color Decision List (ASC CDL) specification (version 1.2).
Video formats
• SD — 576i25 (PAL), 480i29.97 and 486i29.97 (NTSC)
• HD — 720p23.976, 720p24, 720p25, 720p29.97, 720p30, 720p50, 720p
59.94, 720p60, 1080p23.976, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30,
1080PsF23.976, 1080PsF24, 1080PsF25, 1080PsF29.97, 1080PsF30, 1080i25,
1080i29.97, 1080i30
Included software and compatibility
Audio I/O
• 16 channels of simultaneous audio input and output
• Chassis dimensions, excluding rack ears and front and back panel knobs and
connectors: 19 x 7 x 1.75 inches (48.26 x 17.78 x 4.45 cm).
• Supports all standard audio sample rates from 44.1 to 96kHz
• 8 x quarter-inch TRS analog in and out (no breakout cable needed)
• 2 x RCA analog input on the front panel for SD Composite/S-Video capture
• Cross-platform operation on Avid-qualified Mac and Windows systems
• Knobs and connectors extend up to 0.5 inch (1.27 cm) from front and back
panels, adding 1 inch (2.54 cm) to depth. With rack ears attached, fits standard
19 inch (48.26 cm) rack at 1U high.
• 2 x AES/EBU digital in/out on BNC connectors with sample rate conversion
• 8 x AES/EBU digital in/out on standard DB25 breakout cable (sold separately)
• 8 x HD/SD-SDI embedded audio in and out
• 8 x HDMI embedded audio in and out
• Front panel headphone jack with dedicated volume control
• Front panel audio channel metering — two 8-channel banks of status LEDs
assignable to any 8-channel audio bank (analog, AES/EBU, or embedded)
in or out
For uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2
HD/SD HDMI and analog I/O in
a compact size, check out the
affordable HD Express.
The HDX-SDI and HD Express
connect to PCI-equipped towers and
ExpressCard34-equipped laptops.
Visit motu.com/avid for more information
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Media Composer, Symphony Nitris, and NewsCutter are trademarks of Avid, Inc. • All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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